How to Design your Balcony for your Lifestyle

Updated: Jun 16

Hi Blogging World! Sorry I’ve been MIA, but I have a good excuse….it’s summer! Sunshine and warmth are rarities in Seattle, so I’m soaking up all I can during these summer months. I’ve also been pretty busy with life. I’ve started a new job and I’m also moving to a new apartment in a few days. Exciting stuff no?!

I’m super excited about my new place because it’s an Interior Designer’s dream: hardwood floors, bay windows with lots of natural light, ten foot ceilings, and a clawfoot tub. It also comes with a tiny balcony, which I am thrilled to have since having your own private outdoor area in the city is a scarcity.

While balconies in the city are small, there are still a variety of ways to design the space to make it feel like another room and not just a place to store your grill. Some basic tips are to decorate with lots of plants. This transforms the area into something that resembles the outdoors (if I have enough plants, I can almost pretend I have a yard). Another tip is to have an area rug. You’ll be amazing how putting one down can turn your balcony into its own stylish space. Add decor such as pillows and lanterns, and voila, you have yourself your own outdoor room!

Beyond the basic tips, you should design your balcony to reflect your lifestyle. To fully maximize the use of the space, you want your balcony to be a place where you’ll actually go and do the activities you enjoy doing. Here are four different ways you can design your balcony to suit your lifestyle.

The Social Butterfly

Want to carry your small shindigs outside? Place a small love seat on one side of the balcony, filling the space. Add a set of nesting tables and an arm chair on the opposite side, and you have yourself another social seating spot. It’s perfect for chatting with a girlfriend over a glass of wine or offering a secluded seating area when hosting larger parties.

The Gardener

Have a green thumb? Instead of having garden beds that take up a lot of floor space, use a shelving unit and stack your plants vertically in pots. It still leaves room for other uses of the space, such as a casual dining spot or place to do morning yoga.

The Outdoor Eater

Enjoy having brunch to a fresh cool breeze and the sound of birds? A tiny bistro set is perfect for your morning coffee and croissant. It can also transform into a romantic seating for two with the proper mood lighting. Weave some market lights around your railing or have lanterns surrounding the space for that soft and cozy feeling while you dine.

The Book Reader

Are you just looking for a quiet and cozy place to snuggle up with your favorite novel? Create a solitary sanctuary with an outdoor chair that is comfy enough to lounge in for hours. Add a tiny end table for your cup of tea and a place to set your novel and you are all set for a reader’s retreat.

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